Bombing Run on Congress

The U.S. Air Force's supersecret $50 million F-117A Stealth fighter is designed to avoid detection by sophisticated radar as it homes in on enemy targets. The Panama Defense Forces had no effective radar, antiaircraft guns or interceptor planes. So why were two F-117As dashing over Panama at the start of the American invasion and dropping bombs on an open field near a P.D.F. barracks? To wage a public relations assault on the U.S. Congress.

Dropping its usual secrecy, the Pentagon quickly leaked word of the operation, boasting that the planes had accomplished their mission to "stun, disorient and confuse" the enemy...